21 Dec 2020

Oneohtrix Point Never shares new video for 'No Nightmares' featuring vocals from The Weeknd 

Oneohtrix Point Never has released the video for his track 'No Nightmares', taken from his latest album 'Magic Oneohtrix Point Never'. 'No Nightmares' is a stand out track from the album, featuring vocals from Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, and Caroline Polachek.

The video deepens the visual world of the album, with both The Weeknd and OPN featuring as CGI avatars in a videogame-like dream state. It joins earlier videos for the albums tracks 'Long Road Home' and 'Lost But Never Alone', in highlighting the threads of influence of postmodern art and cult film that are everpresent in OPN's music.

'No Nightmares' visuals were directed by Nate Boyce’s studio Reliquary House, with Boyce saying in a press release: 

"Dan initially sent me an excerpt of 'Fear of the Inexplicable' by Rilke as a prompt to start working on our idea of a debased animation. Abel and Dan traverse psychoanalytically charged scenarios and spaces that evoke a lurid mix of art and architectural references. Eventually I started to associate the implications of the Rilke poem to the biblical story of the Binding of Isaac, an anxiety inducing story I hated as a kid that became a subtext for the latter half of the piece. Despite the fact that Abraham is thwarted by divine intervention, I was terrified by his incomprehensible zealotry and willingness to sacrifice his own child, who I identified with. This story ensured my eventual atheism, but also my ongoing fascination with how these archaic stories, symbols, and motifs have continued relevance even now, and in many ways still structure our experience. So, as it happens in the animation, this process of individuation through archetypal projection starts with heroic ideations that devolve into anxiety and fear, culminating in a carnivalesque mockery of the faith required to confront these fears."

LIsten to 'Magic Oneohtrix Point Never' HERE, and check out the video below.


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